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Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils Award winner) and the My Furry Foster Family chapter book series. Her debut middle grade novel Keep It Together, Keiko Carter will be released in May 2020 by Scholastic. She also co-authored a picture book biography on Japanese American chef Niki Nakayama which will come out from FSG in winter 2021.

A former teacher and zoo educator, Debbi has spoken on panels at NCTE, Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, among others; taught writing workshops; and presented at numerous schools.

Debbi is a third generation Japanese American born and raised in California. Today, she writes books in her writing studio, The Word Nest, in Connecticut.